WWC46 – Watercooler Wednesday Challenge

Hello again, stamping friend!  I’ve finally carved out some time to participate in the latest Watercooler challenge – phew!

I really enjoy taking part in challenges; I find that they really do inspire me to not just get creating if I’m in a slump, but they also give me new ideas for layouts or colour combinations, or they give me a  prod to try a new technique or fancy fold.

This week’s challenge with the Watercooler is a CAS Masculine card challenge – CAS meaning Clean And Simple.  This challenge was created my ingenious friend Jean Fitch– she always has great ideas, and is so generous in sharing them!

Watercooer challenege

Believe me – it’s more difficult for me than you would think!  I mean – Clean and Simple – should mean a minimalistic approach; less work, right?  Well – there’s nothing like trying to produce a minimal card to find out how much you actually like to put onto a card front! LOL  Trust me, it took  me more than 1 try to come up with a card that I thought *might* qualify as CAS – what do you think?

WWC46 bombs away birthday

See what I mean?  I just couldn’t leave the blank space alone – I had to add some sequins! 🙂

I love this stamp set – I bought it immediately when it first came out, last year.  Wondering why you don’t recognize it?  That’s because it’s not in any of the catalogues; you can only find it with online, with the other photopolymer stamps!  You can find it on THIS PAGE – it’s called Bomb’s Away Birthday.  Here’s a picture of the entire set:

SU bombs away birthday

It’s such a sassy stamp set – you have to know who you’re giving the card to; make sure they won’t be offended!  My friends & family know my sense of humour, so they’re not easily offended 🙂

I started with a card base of Tempting Turquoise cardstock, then layered on a panel of Daffodil Delight – birthdays should be bright and cheery, right? (especially if you’re going to make a crack about the recipient’s age!)

I punched the ‘records’ out of Basic Black cardstock using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, then used the 3/4″ Circle Punch for the inner label, punching them from Real Red and Daffodil Delight cardstock.  I used my Paper Piercing Tool to make the holes in the middles, then attached them to the front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment was stamped in Tempting Turquoise onto Whisper White cardstock, then that was layered on top of a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  Before attaching them, I used my 1″ Circle Punch to snip off each corner, to give it a ticket look.

And then yes, I just couldn’t handle the blank corners, so I added some of the Metallic Sequins!

So there my CAS Masculine card!  If you haven’t already, you should check out the Watercooler challenge page, and submit your own card for this challenge!  If you win, you get a nifty badge to put on your blog!

Before you go – remember that the Stampin’ Up! Year End Sale is on right now – and you can get the Retiring Holiday products at 40% OFF, and other products up to 60% OFF!  Click on the image below to go shopping now, before they’re gone – because everything is WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! (the 3 most dreaded words in any shoppers vocabulary!)

SU year end sale

Until next time – happy stamping!

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  1. Heidi Weaver says:

    Hi Deb. Clean and simple takes a lot of practice. It’s hard to “walk away” while there is space to fill. I have that stamp set, too, and don’t use it often enough. I wish it would have been included in the catalogue because I think it would be popular if more people knew about it. Love those records and the “spin” you gave the card. This could definitely be for the man in your life but could work for almost anyone—gender neutral. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  2. Susan Horr says:

    I love your little records! That is the cutest idea and such a fun card!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks, Susan! I tried just 1 large record, but it was too ‘plain’ for me – had to add more! Glad you like my final card 🙂

  3. Marsha Reed says:

    Very cute, Deb. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges. Marsha

  4. Jackie says:

    Deb, love this card. It is the quintessential guy card (or at least guys old enough to remember vinyl). Thanks so much for joining the watercooler!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Yeah – even I’m of the age to remember vinyl! Actually, our eldest son (20 yrs) loves listening to vinyl recordings – the sound is much better!

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